Conrad Brooks (b. 1932) and his brothers,
Henry (b. 1909) and Ted (b. 1920) left their home town of Baltimore, Maryland,
and traveled to Hollywood to break into pictures. The year that Conrad
arrived, 1948, he met Ed Wood. Ed put all three brothers into his first
film, a home movie called Range Revenge. Running time was fifteen minutes,
and the Brooks brothers paid Ed sixty dollars to be in the film. Conrad
continued to make movies with Ed, appearing in his first commercial production,
Glen or Glenda in 1952. Ted had small parts in Wood's Jailbait and John
Waters' Female Trouble before returning to the east coast.
Henry, who stayed in Hollywood to make pictures with Conrad, says of him, "My brother was_full of ambition and full of energy. He couldn't wait to make it to the top, and I think, finally, he's gotten somewhere close to the top after all these years."
Conrad returned to his hometown forty years after arriving in Hollywood, and now lives in northeast West Virginia. He continues to make films, and appears at conventions to promote his work.